NHS hospitals across Wales are to be given a share of almost £33m to help them adopt telemedicine technology.
New diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners, x-rays and endoscopy machines will be bought with the money, along with providing teleconferencing equipment to link more hospitals across Wales to enable patients to benefit from telemedicine.
The money will also be used to enable Trusts to carry out minor building alterations and introduce further measures to reduce energy consumption.
Assembly health minister Edwina Hart said, "The £33m will help begin to achieve the aims of our Delivering Emergency Care Strategy, by increasing the opportunities for patients to be diagnosed through the use of telemedicine.
"A patient will be able to present symptoms in one hospital to be diagnosed by a senior consultant in another hospital, through the use of technology to share test results, scans and face-to-face consultation."
The increasing use of telemedicine will reduce the need for patients to travel, said Hart.